John McGreal: Swindon Town appoint former Colchester United boss after John Sheridan exit

Swindon Town were relegated from Sky Bet League One last season and John Sheridan left in April after five months in charge; McGreal is appointed new Robins boss after departing Colchester United almost a year ago

John McGreal
Image: John McGreal left Colchester in 2020 after five years at the Essex club

Swindon have chosen John McGreal as the man to try and lead them back to Sky Bet League One after appointing him as their new manager on a two-year contract.

The 48-year-old replaces John Sheridan in the Robins hotseat following his exit at the back end of last season after relegation to League Two was sealed.

Sheridan won just eight of his 33 games in charge at the County Ground, losing 21 of those matches, and left in April after five months at the helm.

McGreal returns to work after a year out following his exit from Colchester in June 2020. The former Tranmere, Ipswich and Burnley defender came through the coaching ranks at Colchester and took charge of 203 matches as boss, winning 76 of those games.

He told Swindon's official website: "I'm absolutely delighted. With the relegation this season, it's a club I look upon in League Two as a League One club and that's our aim this season, to try and get the club back to where it should be.

"It's Swindon Town. That alone makes you want to apply for the job. I'm sure there were numerous applicants and I'm happy to get my hands on it.

"There's a lot of work to be done, a lot of players we need to bring in and I'm looking forward to that challenge."

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Director of football Paul Jewell added: "We're really pleased with the appointment. There were a lot of good candidates who applied for the job.

"We wanted someone who was hungry and here to prove a point. The club needs some positivity at the moment and I'm sure John will bring that."

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